Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum)


Taxonomy

French: Conirostre cul-roux German: Rotsteiß-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro culirrufo
Taxonomy:

Sylvia speciosa

Temminck

, 1824,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

.

See C. margaritae (above). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. guaricola Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – E Guárico and W Anzoátegui, in NE Venezuela.
  • C. s. amazonum (Hellmayr, 1917) – E of Andes in W Venezuela (Apure) and E Colombia (S to Meta, also recorded in C Guainía#R); E Ecuador and E Peru; and C Guyana E to N French Guiana, and N Brazil (NE Roraima, E Amazonas and W, C & NE Pará).
  • C. s. speciosum (Temminck, 1824) – SE Peru and Bolivia (except W) E across SC Brazil (to Maranhão, S to Mato Grosso, Paraná and São Paulo), Paraguay and NW & NE Argentina (Jujuy; E Formosa, N Corrientes and Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 8–9 g (Argentina). Small, rather dark conebill. Male nominate race has head and upperparts rather dark greyish-blue, lores and subocular area paler ashy grey, becoming... read more

    Voice

    Song, in Venezuela, a very high, thin “tidé, tidé, tidé, tidé, ti’dee’rít” at leisurely pace, weak... read more

    Habitat

    In Venezuela mainly in dry strongly seasonal areas, where occurs in canopy of gallery forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet little known; insects, possibly nectar. Seen in pairs and in families of 3–5 individuals; in SE Ecuador up to six seen together.... read more

    Breeding

    No information on season. Nest in E Brazil (Minas Gerais) a tiny cup made from leaf petioles and fibres, hidden in curled dead Cecropia... read more

    Movements

    Resident. No certain local or migratory movements known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, in varying abundance. Uncommon in Venezuela; rare and local in Ecuador; uncommon and local along R Amazon river and its tributaries. Can... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2017). Chestnut-vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61747 on 23 November 2017).